A BURGLAR left behind around £50,000 worth of damage after break-ins at Pontefract race course and a house in the town.
Adam Moran, 25, was jailed for three and a half years after a court heard he started a fire outside the house in Monkhill Avenue and it spread to neighbouring properties.
Leeds Crown Court heard Moran broke into buildings at the rear of one of the stands at the racecourse on February 28 this year and caused £9,000 worth of damage.
The court heard Moran ransacked the building in an act of “gratuitous vandalism”. He ripped down ceiling tiles, damaged furniture, set off fire extinguishers and ripped out copper piping. Moran cut himself during the burglary and left blood at the scene which linked him to the offence.
Moran, of no fixed address, was arrested and then released on bail before breaking into the house on Monkhill Avenue, on May 14 this year.
Light fittings were ripped out and around £800 of scrap metal was taken from inside the property.
Moran started a fire in the back garden of the property in a bid to burn off plastic attached to the metal.
He then left without putting the fire out and it spread to sheds and outbuildings at neighbouring properties.
The court heard the damaged was estimated to be between £30,000 and £50,000.
Moran pleaded guilty to arson and two offences of burglary.
Daniel Smith, mitigating, said much of Moran’s offending was linked to his addictions to drugs and alcohol.
Jailing Moran, Recorder Michael Smith said: “It was a highly reckless act.
“You should realise that if you start up a fire and leave it there is always a considerable risk that it will spread and that is what happened here.”